As ever, my life has been hectic with things related to my business, the studio and of course home life – I knew I hadn’t written a blog post for a while; well Christmas was the last one I remembered. What I hadn’t realised was that I never posted anything about the second Metal Ages sculpture, and that was well, AGES ago!
Back at the end of September, we finally got the opportunity to install the final sculpture at Erewash Museum in Ilkeston. I say ‘we’ – that would be me with the camera and occasionally passing a drill or screwdriver, and Gavin & Mark doing the lifting, carrying, digging, drilling….
This one is a rather large sculpture. It’s over two metres high, and about two and a half metres wide. It is made up of 7,000 nuts, which represents the size of the workforce when Stanton Ironworks was in it’s heyday. It has four ‘vines’ growing from the ground, which represent the four main foundries that could be found in the Ilkeston area back in the 1900’s. Across the middle is a shank, used for pouring molten metal in a foundry. The centre of this holds a glass disk, which like the ‘Old Men & Pipes‘ sculpture at King George Gallery is inspired by the ‘fire in the sky’ that was ever present when Stanton was a busy place, and also representing new beginnings.
As a member of the Contemporary Glass Society, I get to apply for varying opportunities and exhibitions – such as the Medallions earlier this year (click on the link to take a reminder look)
My Maple Syrup platter was one of only 46 selected out of a huge number of entries for the current online exhibtion; click here to see more of “Bowled Over”
Maple Syrup Patchwork Platter, 25cm square
Well, you wouldn’t want to eat them out of this bowl, obviously – it’s got holes in it! And I hope you think it is rather too nice to be wanting to eat sticky toffee stuff out of anyway… just that a friend said it reminded here of it, and it’s kinda stuck (I am usually rubbish at naming stuff!)
And a view of the underside…see how it captures the light….
Can’t beat a bit of alliteration…. I made this a couple of weeks ago, intended to go to the Seed Gallery at Crich. I showed it to my friends in the galleries of my two favourite forums, Frit Happens! and Craft Pimp and someone on there fell in love…. so it sold before it even got out the door (it practically sold before it was cool from the kiln!). I do think it’s rather lovely myself though…